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November 22, 2014

Fuel for the Weekend

by Dave Malnes

What is the first indication of turning away from God?

While visiting southeastern Minnesota and meeting many wonderful Christian friends, an early snow along with frigid temperatures arrived at the same time. Combined with the breezy conditions, it was very cold. Frigid temperatures is a part of living in the upper Midwest. However, the frigid temperatures usually appear gradually. People are given time to prepare and adjust to winter life. For the weather to appear suddenly, baring its fangs, did not sit well with many people I had the opportunity to visit.

Grumbling about the weather is a favorite pastime for many — especially when snow and frigid temperatures arrive in November.

I want you to do something for me.  I want you to make a list of things that you complained or grumbled about recently. Politics, food, neighbors, job, children, traffic, incompetent service, church.  To be honest, if your list is like mine, it’s a little humbling to see how much I grumble.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  (Romans 1:21)

What is the first indication of turning away from God?

pouty_faceThis thought-provoking question caught my eye while reading a magazine my father-in-law gave me while flying back to Idaho.  Written by Jerry Benjamin, he challenged Christians to really think about their life in Christ.

A heart that is not thankful is revealed in the amount of grumbling or complaining they do. Murmuring is the first sign of turning away from God.

How can that be?

A thankful heart demonstrates contentment. It reveals a spirit that fully trusts that God keeps his promises. A thankful spirit rejoices over their status of full forgiveness for their sins and what Christ has already done for them. Thanksgiving also comes from trusting that God provides all our needs.

Who would you rather be around?  A person who consistently complains and grumbles about life, or a person with a spirit of thanksgiving?

The encouragement for all of us is always turn to God. We reflect the light of Christ and Witness Well when exhibit thankfulness in our words, in our actions, and in our spirit.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and  pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..”  (Phil 2:14-16a)

A WEEK IN PICTURES

It was pure joy to visit the home of Dean and Mary Schroeder outside of Caledonia. They have a beautiful home filled with warmth and the presence of Christ.

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GOOD POSTS I READ THIS WEEK:

blogHere is a great story behind Matthew West’s song entitled “Forgiveness.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz3tkHv5sbg

A Witnessing Stress Reliever

“Growing up I was terrified at the thought of talking to others about Jesus.  And still today, there are times when I clam up when I should speak out.  When that happens it is not easy not to feel guilty. But a number of years ago I saw something in the Bible that greatly helped take the stress out of witnessing…”  (Click here to read more)

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